Intro: John wrote his Gospel while at Ephesus in 90-95 AD making it the
last Gospel to be written. The Book covers no more than twenty days in the
life of Christ. Chapters 13-19, covers the events of only one day, the last
twenty four hours of the Lord's life.
The Gospel is not addressed to any particular cultural group, such a
Matthew which was addressed to the Jews, or Mark, addressed for Romans, or
Luke written to the Gentiles. John's Gospel was written to the world to
declare that Jesus Christ, is God, incarnate in man, the Savior of the
world that men might believe on him and be saved.
The key verse is John 20:31. “ Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed
on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed.”
The Introduction to this message is lengthy, but I think you will see the
reason for this as the it develops. To understand the text we must
understand the context in which Jesus made the statement.
About three weeks before His crucifixion Jesus traveled to Jerusalem to
attend one of the feasts of the Jews. (John 5) It is not clear which feast
it was. There Jesus healed a man who had been born lame. The Jewish leaders
were angry because Jesus healed him on the Sabbath day (Saturday). They
were so legalistic, they had perverted the Old Testament Law of keeping the
Sabbath day holy, the Fourth Commandment. A Jew could not even pick up a
stick on the Sabbath day. Jesus using a “hyperbole” (an exaggerated
expression) called them hypocrites and said they "strained at gnats and
swallowed camels "(Matt. 23:24).
They sought to kill him John 5:18, because He proclaimed that He was God.
The Jesus left and journeyed north to Galilee, during the Passover, where
He did many miracles all the while proclaiming Himself to be the Messiah
God had promised. There He fed the five thousand and in a great storm on
the Sea of Galilee walked on the water. He left and went to the other side
of the Sea because the people pressed after him so. John 5:26, Jesus
reveals there not so noble reason for following him...for the food He fed
them, not His message. In verse 40, Jesus proclaim that salvation was in
believing in Him and that those who would believe He would raise up in the
This upset the Jews and they murmured against Him, when he said "I am the
bread come down from Heaven (v41). They said "Is this not Jesus, the son of
Joseph the carpenter? How is then he saith I came down from heaven."
You see the miracles He preformed should have effected their understanding
of who Jesus was. He said proclaimed He was the Messiah, and proved it by
miracles and by the fulfilled prophecy of his life. Yet, most of them would
not believe. Most of those following Him up to this time...left (v66).
Jesus turned to the twelve and ask them "Will ye also go away?"
Peter answered and said, "Lord to whom shall we go? thou hasth the word of
eternal life. An we believe and are sure that thou art the Christ
(Messiah), the Son of the living God."
Jesus' disciples then journeyed to Jerusalem for the Feast of the
Tabernacles and Jesus remained behind, but followed after they had left and
He entered Jerusalem privately (John 7). Then Jesus went to the temple and
began to teach the people. They people in v15, marveled that Jesus taught
and spoke as an educated Rabbi, yet he had no formal training.
In John 7:16-17, Jesus proclaimed His doctrine (teaching) was from God. He
told them that those who did the will of God would know the doctrine.
In otherwords...people who have truly believed and been saved by God’s
grace are sensitive to the truth. John 10..Jesus said His sheep knew Him
and would not follow another.
They would know if what He said was truth. They accused Him of having a
demon, still being angry that He healed the lame man on the Sabbath. Jesus
passionately proclaimed again who He was....but they would not believe and
sought to take Him by force.
The Jews had a practice that is not mentioned in the Old Testament, but
came out of the Inter-Testament period, between the Old and New Testaments.
They would take water from the Pool of Siloam for the first seven days of
the feast and carry it to the temple to a silver basin by the altar of
In V37, on the eighth day of the feast Jesus stood in the Temple grounds
and cried saying "If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink, He
that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall
flow rivers of living water. “
Verses 40-53. There was a great debate as to who Christ really was. Some
said He was a prophet, some said He was the Christ and they did not come to
a clear decision of who He was.
I fully believe that had the people believed on Jesus God would have saved
them. However, as Paul stated in Acts 17:3, "Opening and alleging, that
Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that
this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ" Jesus still had to suffer
and die for our sins. Even if the people had believed...the sinful, proud,
unbelieving Jewish leaders would still have turned Him over to the Romans
to be crucified.
In John 8, Jesus went to the Mount of Olives, and the people came again and
He taught them. However, the scribes and the Pharisee came also still
seeking to discredit him and brought the woman caught in adultery. You know
the story, the tried to trick Him, into condemning the woman to be stoned
which upheld Jewish Law, but violated the Roman law. Jesus ask of the
accusers of the woman "He that is without sin among you, let him cast the
first stone." By the way, there was one there who was without sin!
He said, when the accused in shame all left.."Neither do I condemn thee, go
and sin no more."
In John 8:12, Jesus proclaimed again, "I am the light of the world, he that
followeth me shall not walk in darkness by shall have the light of day.
The Pharisees immediately called Jesus a liar! (v13).
He continued the discourse with them as we read at the beginning of this
The Pharisees, scribes and Jewish leaders and many of the people refused to
believe what Jesus was saying about Himself and who He was.
I. He that Believeth on me Hath Everlasting Life. John 6:47
A. Truth stands alone. Whether it is believed or not it is fact.
ILLUS: Copernicus, (Co - pern-icus) Polish scholar, in the mid 1500's
studied the Sun, Moon and planets. He studied showed the earth was round
and that it revolved around the Sun. March 5, 1616, the Pope decreed that
his book, "On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres" was to be banded and
forbidden reading and this band was not lifted until the 19th Century. For
almost 400 years the truth Copernicus discovered was banded in unbelief.
Galileo understood Copernicus claims and because he defended the truth was
in danger of losing his life in the Catholic Inquisition. The fact was he
studied the evidence and came to the truth....which was true whether the
whole world rejected his statements or not. In the end, time proved him to
be right. In time all truth will be proved as true.
Proverbs 12:19 says, "The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a
lying tongue is but for a moment."
B. Jesus Christ said He was the Messiah, the Christ, the Son of God. He
said that whosoever believed in Him would have eternal life.
1. Jesus said in John 8:32, said to those that believed in Him, that they
would know the truth and the truth would set them free.
2. The world today is rejecting Jesus Christ as God, the Savior of the
World. But it does not nullify the truth...that yes He is who He said he
People, even churches who profess to be Christians, reject the Bible as
God’s infalliable word. But that does not nullify truth...it in fact
confirms truth, because this is exactly what the Bible says would happen.
Would you write a book, claim it to be the word of God and then say men
will not accept it as such?
3. On that Sunday morning three days after Jesus had be crucified and died
for the sins of the world....He arose! That is truth....whether it is
believed or not. Jesus won the victory over sin and death and proved who He
truly was once and forever...Jesus Christ as God incarnate in flesh. He was
our only God and Savior.
C. The Bible says that there is not one righteous man on earth and that all
men have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:10, 23)
1. There is ample evidence of this all around. Do you know anyone who does
not sin? Do you know anyone who has never committed some wrong act?
2. The answer is obvious...we do not know anyone who never sinned. Some
might defend themselves and say, "Well, I have not sinned as much as
so-n-so has." That may be true, but you have sinned and that one sin
condemns us as sinners.
D. Romans 6:23, says the wages of sin is Death.
1. That is truth. Further, Heb. 9:27, says "It is appointed unto men once
to die, but after this the judgment."
2. A recent poll in US News and World Report, showed that 78% of those
polled believe there is a heaven and 60% believe there is a hell. It is not
interesting that there is an 18% difference in the number of those who
believe in heaven and hell. That means that 18% of those who believe in
heaven, do not think there is a hell.
Out of all those who believe in an afterlife: 78% believe they have an
excellent chance of going to heaven. Only 4% believe they have an excellent
chance of going to hell.
There is nothing that a man allows himself more than sin. There is nothing
a man resents more than being reminded that he is sinner. Jesus in John
7:7, said the world hated Him "because I testify of it, that the works
thereof are evil."
3. However, believe it or not....God, who created us all, says there is a
hell. Jesus in Matt. 7:13-14 "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is
the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there
be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way,
which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it."
II. Truth Sets Men Free (John 8:32).
ILLUS: 39 Heaven's Gate members of the heaven’s gate cult committed mass
sucide in 1997 believing that there was a spaceship in the tail of the
Hale-Bopp Comet that was coming for them "We have no hesitation to leave
this place, to leave the bodies that we have," said the charismatic cult
leader Marshall Applewhite, one of those who died, on the video he left
behind. Most of the people were very intelligent people. Yet, they believed
a lie. The truth was there was no space ship and aliens were not coming for
A. Truth frees us, lies enslave. The Jews would not believe the truth, and
thus were enslaved to the false beliefs they were taught by their religious
1. John 8:13, the unbelievers proclaimed..."thy record is not true."
2. Yet, it was true...every word he said was true...and everyone who
believed was set free from sin and death and everyone that did not believe
died condemned in their sins.
B. Verse 36 says "If the Son shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed."
1. Jesus was talking about being free from the influence and condemnation
of sin (v34).
2. It is more that being free FROM something, it is being free unto
something as well.
C. We are saved from sin, unto life. 1 John 3:14, "We know that we have
passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren."
We all know Eph. 2:8-9, but have we read verse 10? "For we are his
workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before
ordained that we should walk in them."
1. What is the truth? The Bible, which has stood the test of time...tells
us of God. It tells us who Jesus Christ really is. NOT WAS...BUT IS!
Why did the Lord Jesus come and why does God want to save us? Have you ever
though at this? Why did He not only tell us the truth, but went to the
cross and bore our sins in His body and shed His blood for our redemption?
Why did Jesus tell the Jews He was the Messiah? Did He show them evidence
of who He was?
2. Why are there so many who oppose God's truth and invent false things
which nullifies truth and puts stumbling blocks in the way so that people
are hindered from coming. Where do the doubts come from where truth is
God wants to save us from sin and free us to a new productive eternal
life....yet Satan would hinder us and keep us from God by telling us a lie
and distort truth...."hath God said."
3. Jesus Christ is the Savior....our only Savior and the simple truth is
this....if we believe Him and put our trust in Him and His word alone....He
will surely saved us, forgive our sins and give us eternal life. That is
the Good News. The Gospel...